Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed, Chief of Naval Staff of the Bangladesh Navy was on an official visit to India from August 28-30, 2017. The visit aimed at consolidating bilateral naval relations between India and Bangladesh and to explore new avenues for naval cooperation.
The Chief of Naval Staff, Bangladesh Navy held bilateral discussions with Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of the Naval Staff and other senior officials of the Indian Navy on August 28, 2017. The Admiral also meet Chief of the Air Staff, and called on the then Raksha Mantri, NSA and Defence Secretary. The Admiral also visited various naval establishments, including INS Kalinga, INS Karna and INS Satavahana at Visakhapatnam .
Naval cooperation between India and Bangladesh has been traditionally strong, encompassing a wide span which includes operational interactions through Training, Port Calls, Passage Exercises along with Capability Building and Capacity Augmentation initiatives. Bangladesh Navy is also the present Chair of the Indian Ocean Symposium (IONS), which is a Multilateral Maritime Cooperation platform launched by the Indian Navy. Bangladesh Navy is also scheduled to conduct an International Multilateral Maritime Search and Rescue Exercise titled IMMSAREX in November 2017, which is being held under the IONS construct.